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Fabrice B. Poussin


Image: Unsplash, downloaded (https://unsplash.com/photos/AvjdXaMj9dg) 09.09.2023.



Cry, please, cry until you dry… 

 

It was in the neighborhood of forty 

on the calendar of his years 

a time he was told when there is no space 

for sadness under the deep wrinkles. 

 

At twenty and a few minutes 

they made a spectacle of his pain 

laughing when his smile turned to a frown 

his face twitching with every word he read. 

 

Taking another step into the deserted hall 

listening to the passion of the rock star 

as she cried for the love she never found 

he feared that soon too he would go to sleep 

 

He could take with him all the same wondrous 

kindness he could see in those moments 

when hearts flowed freely in film 

the simple phrases that moved mountains. 

 

If only someone had listened as they saw the pearls 

dropping as they soiled shirts and ground 

to give the old man a hug and comfort him 

so he felt human at least once before his final exhale.



About the Author: Poussin is a professor of French and English. His work in poetry and photography has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and hundreds of other publications worldwide. Most recently, his collections In Absentia, If I Had a Gun, and Half Past Life were published in 2021, 2022, and 2023 by Silver Bow Publishing.


 

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